Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Roll Up! Roll Up!

So it's been six week in the making, but here it is....our very special circus themed 1st birthday party!!

Now Matt out did himself (as per usual) with a 3D chocolate mud circus tent cake, blue butter creme mini cupcakes, shortbread cookies, caramel popcorn cups, white chocolate dipped candy apples, blue fairy floss and the all time party favourite - the chocolate oreo cake pops!  Now you understand why I was embracing my good friend 'Will Power' in past weeks! Luckily I left him at home on Sunday though as it would have just been insulting to Matt not to try his beautiful little creations!

The party was a real hit for both the adults and the kiddies, with each guest also enjoying bags of lollies from the lolly bar, lollipops and some all important bubbles for blowing!

Enjoy the pics below, the rest are featured on our Facebook page, so make sure to check them out.

This will be our last blog for the year, so Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year to all our followers

Saturday, 10 December 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..well not quite.

With only fourteen days to Christmas I’m sorry to say that it literally could be any one of the other eleven months of the year in our household at the moment. With a more than hectic life for us both right now I have needed to put off our Christmas preparations until a later date when we can actually find the time to deal with them!

Now I absolutely LOVE Christmas…..you know tis the season to be jolly and all the lovely things that go with it! Every year from early December our house would be filled with the adoring aroma of a beautiful fresh Christmas tree, sporting strategically placed matching ornaments and hosting an array of beautifully wrapped presents for all family and friends. With twinkling lights on the tree to set the mood, most nights in the lead up to the big day would be spent pottering around the house wrapping presents and belting out Christmas carols to the dulcet tones of Bing Crosby accompanying me in the background. But yet this year with only two weeks to go, we still do not have a tree, no wreath decorates the front door and no presents our mounding up to be wrapped. Clearly I need to get my act together!

The one thing I have managed to throw together however was these little Chrissy gifts for all my work colleagues (sorry girls I know I’ve ruined the surprise now, but these are coming your way very soon!). Very simple to put together, they don’t require too much effort but are bursting at the seams with thoughtfulness. Simply fill some noodle boxes with Christmas coloured jelly beans or chocolate buttons and tie up with some pretty Christmas ribbon. Or if you are willing to unleash your inner baker (as we have, or should I say Matt has!) bake some homemade shortbread, mince pies or rum balls to fill the little boxes. To me there is nothing like something homemade or hand-crafted, always filled with so much more effort rather than something purchased off the shelf.

So as Christmas nudges closer, we’re hoping things will start to settle down for us so we can start with our very overdue preparations to make it look a lot more like Christmas. Although I guess there’s nothing stopping me from practising a few renditions of Silver Bells with Mr Crosby right now!

Happy carolling x

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Home SWEET home!

I have a problem, a BIG problem. I am being taunted by all things sweet and this week has been especially cruel to me! After the big realisation last week that summer was fast approaching, I had been doing everything in my power to steer clear of the poisoness sweet stuff. But sure enough life threw me a nasty curve ball this week where sugar somehow has become my whole existence.

It began earlier in the week when my first delivery of lollies arrived at work for our next little party. The package was incredibly heavy filled with raspberries, milk bottles, strawberries 'n cream and mini blue jelly beans. As I signed for the delivery and took it back to my desk, my little friend 'Will Power' was forced to go into over drive, trying to stop me from cracking a bag open immediately for the all important taste test. But luckily with the idea front of mind of me in a bikini within a matter of weeks, I thought quality control was not going to cut it as far as excuses go. The following day my next delivery arrived, this time these awesome little stripy lollipops pictured below. Now the the man in the mail room clearly thinks I have some sort of sugar addiction (albeit I probably do), raising one eyebrow and asking "did you eat all 4kgs of those lollies from yesterday already??!" Giving him a well deserved stir, I replied "yes, yes i did" and walked away with a smirk on my face. I hate to think what will be going through his head though when my next order comes in. Last night I discovered on Goody Goody Gum Drops that they were having a special offer with free delivery on all orders over $100 for one day only. Jumping at the opportunity I decided to put my order in for our upcoming photo shoot for our website. 11kg of lollies later, the mail man is seriously going to think I have a problem when they arrive next week!

If the lolly issue isn't enough though, this weekend I've found that everywhere I turn at home I bump into that sweet sweet evil. Matt has been incredibly busy these last two days whipping up cakes, shortbread cookies, cupcakes and cake pops. Our entire house has a sickly sweet aroma of a large scale pattiserie and it clearly is not helping my situation. To make matters worse, my darling husband has been relentlessly sticking his sticky fingers in my face dripping in oreo cake pop mixture or lavishly thick butter creme begging me to taste his sweet little sensations.
So rather than enjoy a nice lie in in bed this morning I was forced to escape the sweet smelling aromas that were creeping into my bedroom, deciding to spend two hours at the gym slogging it out on the treadmill instead. But with business starting to take off, I guess I'm going to have start getting use to all these sweet tempations and start working on that strained relationship with my good friend 'Will Power'.

Signing off.

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